It’s almost July 4th! For the last two years, the Macy’s fireworks were shot from barges close to the Brooklyn Bridge, but this year the barges are closer to North Brooklyn and Long Island City. We’re excited because Greenpoint and Williamsburg will be the best places to view the fireworks in all of Brooklyn. Here are some tips on where to get a front row seat.
Where to watch fireworks in Brooklyn, July 4, 2017
Transmitter Park is a great option, but get there early. It’s a small space and will fill up quickly. (West St. bet. Kent St. and Greenpoint Ave. in Greenpoint; map)
Brooklyn Barge Bar will have incredible views, but with a hefty price tag. Entry is $50-$150 (97 West St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint; map)
Northern Territory is another bar with a rooftop that will be hosting a party. Admission is $60. (12 Franklin St. at Meserole Avenue in Greenpoint; map)
Greenpoint Alehouse has a few outdoor seats and will be having BBQ and drink specials. Admission is free! (7 North 15th Street in Greenpoint; map)
The Pulaski Bridge foot path could be an option, if the cops are being nice, but don’t count on the piers in Greenpoint being open to the public. This is an unlikely gamble.
East River Park is spacious and will provide a front row seat for fireworks. It’s just blocks from the Bedford Ave. L Train. (90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211; map)
Grand Ferry Park is another option. It’s a smaller than East River Park and tends to attract a less touristy crowd. (1 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211; map)
The William Vale will be hosting a couple of parties. One in their river-facing courtyard, for the festive price of $17.76. The other is on the rooftop of the hotel at Westlight, though you better get your tickets soon. (111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249; map)
North Brooklyn Farms is having a party with food by Greenpoint Fish & Lobster. It’s a great space down by the Williamsburg Bridge. (320 Kent Avenue at South 4th Street; map)
Berry Park has a great roof (albeit a broey vibe) and will have a fantastic views for the occasion. (4 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211; map)
The Ides rooftop bar is holding a party, but it’s sold out.
If you’re looking to escape the neighborhood, Coney Island is always fun on July 4th. There will be fireworks at 9:30pm visible from Steeplechase Pier and the boardwalk. There’s free a party at Jacob Riis Beach with “live bands, DJs, cold beverages, delicious food, hula hoops and awesome vendors.” There’s also a July 4th Party at LIC Flea. It’s a great spot to watch the fireworks and there will be BBQ and beer from SingleCut Beersmiths, Rockaway Brewing, and Queens Brewery. It’s free.